You might have heard of the Blue Flag Scheme. Perhaps your local beach proudly displays its flag? It means that somewhere is environmentally friendly. We think it’s important that Tall Ships can say the same.
The Blue Flag Scheme was introduced by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to promote clean beaches and marinas. In 2011, Sail Training International worked with the FEE to extend the scheme to include sail training vessels. For sail training vessels, the Blue Flag shows everyone that they have pledged to protect the seas they sail on.
The scheme is open to members of National Sail Training Organisations (NSTOs), the Sail Training International Ships Council, members of the Sail Training International Ships Council, and other vessels that participate in the Tall Ships Races and Regattas. We’re pleased to say that 53 vessels have signed up to-date and we are actively encouraging more to get involved.
Once signed up, we present the awarded vessels with the Blue Flag to fly, a membership certificate, and an educational poster for display in trainee crew quarters.
The Blue Flag application process is under review with the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The goal is to have an updated application process in place by the middle of 2023.
If you are involved with a sail training vessel and would like to learn more about the Blue Flag scheme, you can register your interest by dropping an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.